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Lawton Students Take Virtual Field Trip

LAWTON Okla_ Students at Swinney Elementary School in Lawton traveled to Colonial Williamsburg Thursday, and they never left their classroom. They did it electronically.

Thursday's live interactive video webcast was about the Bill of Rights. Students nationwide ask questions via phone, twitter and email, which were answered live on the show. There are six more of these "field trips" scheduled throughout the school year, covering topics ranging from the balance of power in our government to women during The Revolution.

5th Grade Teacher Deborah Harwell hopes that Thursday's experience will introduce her students to the basic founding principles of our government.

"We just finished up with Roanoke and leading into Jamestown," Harwell said. "So, we are just getting into this, but this will be an excellent introduction into our government."

Ms. Harwell said many of her students have never left the state of Oklahoma. Some have never left Lawton. She said she believes this type of activity will help bring what the students are reading in textbooks alive.

Coming up at 6, 7News Reporter Joe Fisher will explain how field trips like these may become the new norm, with a decrease in funds available for learning out-of-building learning outside the school.

 

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